About Jake Howland, the man behind Howland Design
I was born and raised in Boston, Lincolnshire. I went to Boston Grammar School, something I had aspired to do since I was a young lad. I managed to achieve 4 A-Levels during my time there, in Maths, ICT, History and Art - despite being completely unable to paint.
After 3 years at university, in July 2014, I graduated with a First Class Computer Science BSc from the University of Nottingham. I'd never written a program, never learned anything about writing programs or even written a single line of code before I started uni, so there was a steep learning curve for me, but I soldiered on through the course, through both highs and lows to come out with something I was happy to have achieved.
Jake's (Ongoing) Journey
After graduation, the job hunting began, initially struggling to find any jobs due to a lack of experience, I decided to seek out voluntary work. I ended up at the Butterfly Hospice in Boston, a palliative care facility, where I helped out with social media, web design and any task relating to a computer that needed doing. I helped their Facebook grow from a few hundred followers to well over 1000 in the short time I was there.
Jobs followed at Cope Safety Management as an IT Consultant and Web Developer, and an administrative job at Longhurst & Havelok Homes. My true calling was design though, whether it be web design, or graphic design, so I sought opportunities in these fields.
I next worked at Boston Blinds, as a Digital Marketer and Web Developer, this is where I got to sink my teeth into some massive projects relating to E-Commerce, as well as learning the more analytical side or marketing, from Google Analytics to Google AdWords and Social Media Management. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to manage a company's online presence at every level and involving myself in all aspects of marketing.
My last stop before Howland Design was a digital marketing agency in Skegness. Here I honed my skills in Web Design and Graphic Design to become the proficient professional I am today. It was around this time I taught myself to become proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite, becoming an expert user of PhotoShop and Illustrator, and becoming well-versed in using InDesign.
In July 2018, I began a role at Sealskinz Ltd as their Ecommerce Executive, putting to use my skills gained in Ecommerce over the years, as well as finding a creative outlet for Graphic Design and Web Development. In this role I am in charge of the day-to-day maintenance and updating or their company site, through adding new products, creating web banners and landing pages, as well as managing A/B Testing and working to improve their conversion rates. I am performing Howland Design duties outside of the time spent at this role.
Howland Design - The Beginning
And now we get to the current step of my journey; Howland Design, my first venture and foray into the world of self-employment, a massive jump to take in my life. Started in April 2018, it all stemmed from a brainwave on a commute home, that I could just start my own company, become my own boss, and start seeking out my own clients. Initially I am doing lots of work in the charity sector to showcase my skills ands prove to people of the quality that Howland Design can produce. Among the next things to learn are video editing, with videos becoming a prime choice for advertising and marketing on Social Media. Hopefully this is just the first paragraph of many future paragraphs on the success of Howland Design...
June 2018 Offer
250 Business Cards
From just £33
For this month, you can get 250 Double-Sided Full-Colour Business Cards from just £35. Fully designed on both sides by us to meet your requirements, and printed on 400gsm silk card, make a statement with a high-quality, stunning Business Card. We also can offer 500 of the same quality starting from £44. You'll feel a million dollars handing out cards designed by Howland Design.
So if you're in need of business cards, be sure to hit up Howland Design this month and score a bargain!
5 Page WordPress site
From just £205
Do you need a brand new presence on the web? Our packages start from just £195 and you get all of the following:
- Up to 5 pages of content
- 12 months of hosting
- A .co.uk domain for 12 months
- Unlimited Email Accounts
- 3 months of support to make minor adjustments
- Social Media integration
So for an affordable, tailor-made solution to your web-based needs, be sure to get in touch with Howland Design today! We have packages to suit all needs, from E-commerce to Social Media Management, to purely website maintenance contracts.
So if you're in need of Web Design, be sure to hit up Howland Design this month and score a massive bargain!
Calling All Charities!
Do you need some help?
Howland Design are very happy to work with charities on a pro-bono basis to help you get up and running with some design work or some social media work. If you have a charity website and need a bit of freshening-up or some new content on there, we'd be happy to help with that too.
We have already worked with charities such as The Butterfly Hospice, Party in the Ark and CoppaFeel to produce posters, branding and other promotional material
So if you're in need of help with your charity's marketing, get in touch with Howland Design today and see how we can help you!